Welcome to 'just old flies,' a section of methods and flies that
used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials
available. Long before the advent of 'modern' tying
materials, they were created and improved upon at a
far slower pace than todays modern counterparts;
limited by materials available and the
Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers
who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns
of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to
you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be
about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you
will fish the flies. Perhaps?
By Eric Austin
Fly tied by Eric Austin
Archive of Old Flies
The wing on the bulldog is seen on only
one other classic salmon fly. The alternating
black and yellow swan sections are found on
the Ray Mead as well, a fly I've done in the
past. I've always liked these striped flies,
Kelson's version of the Silver Doctor has
stripes of silver doctor blue and yellow.
The version shown here is from Sir Herbert
Maxwell, and is intended to be tied in large
sizes. Maxwell reported that the fly was a
favorite on the Cumberland Eden. The Bulldog
was apparently not a popular fly elsewhere
however, and is not featured in much of the
standard salmon fly literature. Its popularity
today is found among full dress tiers, who can't
resist giving the wing a go. It's a lot of fun
to tie this fly, the Ray Mead, Kelson's doctor,
and other flies of this "stripe."
Here's Maxwell's recipe:
Tag: Gold tinsel and ruby floss.
Tail: A topping and chatterer.
Butt: Black chenille (Note: I've used an
ostrich herl butt here, as is fairly commonly
Body: Half flat silver twist with Indian
crow tied in Jock Scott wise, a turn of black
chenille over their butts; upper half French
Ribs: Silver twist.
Hackle: Blue cock over blue floss,
pintail at shoulder.
Wing: A number of strips of yellow and
black dyed swan, barnyard drake over, with jungle
fowl; topping over all.
Cheeks: Blue chatterer.
Head: Black varnish. ~ Eric Austin
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